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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using TV News Archive service.

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Jill Abramson
Former Editor of The New York Times
FOXNEWSW 07/16/2014
Abramson: I have never dealt with an administration where more officials -- some of whom are actually paid to be the spokesman for various federal agencies demand that be off the record. That's secretive and not transparent. The most serious thing is the Obama administration has launched eight criminal leak investigations against sources and whistleblowers.
Jill Abramson
Former Editor of The New York Times
FOXNEWSW 07/16/2014
Abramson: They have tried to sweep in journalists. It's almost the one year anniversary exactly that your colleague James Rosen had his record secretly looked at by the government in a leak investigation. These are really have put a freeze and have interrupted the normal flow of journalists who want to cover Washington and national security especially. Van Susteren: Is it profoundly different though than the other administrations? Abramson: It’s profoundly different. Before these cases, these eight cases in all of history there have been fewer than half of those. And so it is different.
Jill Abramson
Former Editor of The New York Times
FOXNEWSW 07/16/2014
Abramson: you know, in certain ways they have declassified some documents. They have done some things that weigh on the side of transparency. But I just think that these criminal cases, these criminal leak investigations outweigh all of the good that they have done and all of the efforts they have made to try to be transparent. You said in the lead into the show, I'm not alone in pointing out how closed and difficult this administration is for reporters. Everyone from Bob Schieffer to Lynn Downy, who was the top Editor at the Washington Post have commented on how secretive this White House is. Van Susteren: You have now just recently 38 journalist organizations protesting in a letter. You have the White House photographers who have been objecting because they don't have access.
Jill Abramson
Former Editor of The New York Times
KYW 10/12/2014
Stahl: He (James Risen) was writing a book. And he was going to put several reports in it that his editors had killed, along with the NSA story. Jill Abramson, then the "times'" second in command, says that was a turning point. Jill Abramson: It would be potentially very embarrassing to The Times to have this big story come out in Jim's book, and our readers would feel, why was this not in "The New York Times"? Stahl: So he forced your hand? He did. Abramson: In some ways, he forced our hand. Sure, he did. Stahl: Had you fallen under the sway of the post 9/11 concerns about safety in this country, security? Abramson: I... I think that I had a bit, and I don't think I was alone. I think that the years right after 9/11 were a period when the Washington press corps-- and I put myself very much in that group-- it wasn't our finest hour. It wasn't.
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